Kabul: Afghanistan’s Traders and Investors Union in coordination with the ministries of Industry and Commerce, and Information and Culture opened a three-day international exhibition of domestic products on Tuesday in Kabul.
The expo, titled “Strengthening the Economy of Afghanistan”, brought together dozens of business people who are showcasing their goods, including women entrepreneurs.
The Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MoIC) said that efforts are underway in support of the private sector and that such exhibitions will be held outside the country to promote markets for Afghan products.
“We are hoping for a day that such exhibitions will be held in Arabic countries like the UAE, and other countries like China and Central Asia as well as neighboring countries,” said Nooruddin Azizi, acting Minister of the MoIC.
The head of the Government Media and Information Center (GMIC), Inamullah Samangani, said that the industrial sector needs to be supported in order to reach economic self-sufficiency.
“More than 90 percent of Afghanistan’s exports are agricultural products, and we cannot achieve self-sufficiency without paying attention to the manufacturing sector,” He said.
This exhibition is held while most of the factories and manufacturing companies in the country are complaining about the lack of market for their products and shortage of electricity supply.
The exhibition is set for three days. There are a total of nearly 200 rooms, in which the traders displayed their products.